(KMHL) – Students in the Marshall School District will begin their distance learning plan today.

Marshall Schools Superintendent Scott Monson said last week that distance learning will look different the rest of the year from what students and teachers have been used to.

“It’s just going to look different,” said Monson. “I don’t know that it’s realistic to expect that 7:45 to 3:45 is going to be the new norm for all of our students to learn in that window of time, and all of our staff to be ‘teaching’ during that time.”

In addition, he adds the state has applied for a waiver to skip standardized tests for this year.

“It’s just not possible to do the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and other state accountability tests distance wise,” said Monson. “It has to be face-to-face or in-person because of security protocols.”

Schools in Minnesota will remain closed until May 4 per an order from Gov. Tim Walz.